The below quotes are from a Reddit AMA with Mark Ruffalo.
“As far as any man can be a champion for women, he Is that,” Ruffalo is quoted as saying.
“I think it’s sad. Because I know how Joss feels about women, and I know that he’s made it a point to create strong female characters.”
“I think part of the problem is that people are frustrated that they want to see more women, doing more things, in superhero movies,” Ruffalo continued. “And because we don’t have as many women as we should yet, they’re very, very sensitive to every single storyline that comes up right now.”
“If anything, Black Widow is much stronger than Banner,” Ruffalo said. “She protects him. She does her job, and basically they begin to have a relationship as friends, and I think it’s a misplaced anger.
“The guys can do anything, they can have love affairs, they can be weak or strong and nobody raises an eyebrow,” Ruffalo argued. “But when we do that with a woman, because there are so few storylines for women, we become hyper-critical of every single move that we make because there’s not much else to compare it to.”
“So I know Joss really well. I know what his values are,” Ruffalo said. “And I think it’s sad, because in a lot of ways, there haven’t been as many champions in this universe as Joss is and will continue to be. And I know it hurts him. I know it’s heavy on him. And the guy’s one of the sweetest, best guys, and I know him – as far as any man can be a champion for women, he is that.”
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